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Published on : Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Though tourism is a key source of revenue for Thailand, accidents involving tourists are common as safety regulations are often weakly enforced.
Investigators said three other Chinese nationals were in critical condition following the collision near Koh Phi Phi island, one of southern Thailand’s most popular beach destinations.
One boat was carrying 36 Chinese tourists including two children, while the other had 26 passengers of whom 22 were Chinese tourists.
“Two Chinese tourists died, one man and one woman, while 20 sustained injuries, three of whom are in critical condition,” said Lieutenant Prasert Srikhunrat, deputy commander of Phuket Marine Police.
Both boats were heading towards Koh Phi Phi.
Earlier on May 26 four foreign tourists died when the speedboat in which they were travelling flipped over in rough seas off Koh Samui island.
On Sunday 28 people were injured when a speedboat carrying passengers back from an evening music concert on the island of Koh Samet smashed into a container ship.
Nearly 30 million tourists visited the kingdom in 2015, a number boosted by a surge in Chinese tourists.